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  1. 9/11 was the official kickoff for America's position as the sole hegemonic global superpower, a project which is steadily diminishing twenty years on. The intent to regime-change the Mid-East ("7 countries in 5 years") stalled half way through, and the indifference and carelessness which characterized the associated collateral damage severely damaged USA's global reputation. It was the (seemingly related) anthrax attacks which were responsible for the domestic restructuring into a full-fledged national security regime, which included the Patriot Act and Homeland Security Department. These attacks were eventually pinned on a "lone nut", but the consequences were profound.
  2. That’s not the case. In fact, the first effective doubts were raised within a day or two based on the failure of the Air Force to respond promptly to a hijacking situation. That led to an extraordinary revision of the Pentagon’s timeline, presented on national television, on September 14. Later, after the 9/11 Commission’s work, researchers were able to finely trace a paper trail which revealed the deliberate obfuscation of the presence in the US of two alleged future hijackers, a process generated and carried out by the CIA. This involved controlling information to the FBI, but also to other agencies in the lead-up to the event when supposedly there was a “high alert” of a possible attack. The officials responsible could be named, as were other officials who controlled the dissemination of the information to investigating bodies. (See, for example, Kevin Fenton’s “Disconnecting The Dots” Trine Day 2011) I agree that the fate of the WTC buildings cannot be absolutely established (although WTC 7 is seriously suspicious) and, just like photo and body manipulation in JFKA, the powers-that-be are therefore content that the focus remains there. In both instances there are other evidentiary issues which are much stronger.
  3. Censorship invariably promotes and supports orthodoxies - I.e. the sun and planets revolve around the Earth - and should, in my opinion, be resisted short of a prevailing short-term limited necessity (although even that should face skepticism). Critical thinking skills - a life skill - should be part of a public education system, as finely tuned BS detecting assists greatly in deflating preposterous notions. Critical thinking skills resist either/or paradigms - into which contemporary public debates over vaccination mandates or climate change are often charged. With covid, the western capitalist countries have been unable to establish public heath regimes based on eradication, and have instead adopted mitigation strategies based on inoculation. The products being injected into the public have not been fully tested and cannot be, at least yet, labelled “safe” or verified.That is a fact, and the urge to deny or downplay the fact does not contribute to the public good. Outright censorship and “cancelling” individuals over this issue for expressing an opinion should therefore be resisted, but it is fully prevalent - not a good read on our society. (Personally, I get my second jab next week, with reservations but in acknowledgement that this is the public heath measure we have and our best interests are served by getting back to “normal” - but the campaign to inoculate teenagers and children with the unproven product is rather irrational mob-rush policy.) With global warming, variations in the Earth’s climate over time is established while the causation effect of carbon emissions less so. These emissions may be exacerbating natural trends without being solely responsible for al the heating (I think this is true), but there are also severe public health issues associated with these pollutions to consider as well (i.e. lives shortened due to particulates in the air). So its in our interests to do better, but an entire dismantling of industrial civilization - which is in part promoted by elite interests - seems a step too far. When I hear advocates demand the cessation of international travel while never referring to the greenhouse gases emitted by the world’s militaries - by far the worst polluters - then I wonder what agenda is being followed. Further complicating is the prevalence of fear discourses in discussions of covid and global warming. The role of pubic relations industries have to also factor into all this talk. Remember, the cigarette peddlers managed to keep their products on the shelves for decades after science established a direct causal link between the product and fatal or debilitating diseases by controlling or overwhelming the information. It seems right now the public discussions we should be having are not yet happening because they are being diverted - or censored.
  4. I would say the "secret veto" of your last paragraph already took place just ahead of Super Tuesday last year. Kirk - you seem more interested in Justin T than most Canadians are. I wonder if it's a California thing - I was on a road trip through your neck of woods several years ago and invariably once our nationality came up the subject immediately turned - fawningly - to Trudeau. Maybe he should relocate and run for governor.
  5. Stone appeared last week on the RT program "Going Underground". Informed questions, informed answers - cannot imagine such an interview conducted on American mainstream media. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVso_wpata4
  6. Kirk: “…all the instruments of government you've listed can change if an informed electorate elected the right people.” Is that an operative construct anymore? Was it ever? Our countries may appear relatively stable, but many examples in Latin America show an entrenched conservative minority of private interests overwhelming or dulling democratic impulses time and again. And successful reforms under constant pressure. Does it not seem, correspondingly, in the stable democracies there is secret veto power against the will of the people, should it be necessary? Many have argued the JFKA was a form of that - ugly and extreme as that may have been. Today in USA there are checks on reformist impulses through legislated gerrymandering and unlimited campaign contributions, neither of which were grassroots initiatives. In the Commonwealth countries - like UK and Canada - the written constitutions have language which allows the Queen’s representatives to dissolve a sitting government, and this actually happened in Australia in 1975. Lacking countervailing power blocs prepared to create a new system if necessary, an informed electorate can only achieve limited results (lesson from New Deal era).
  7. The issue of the authenticity of the BYP will always be subject to debate, a debate which will likely never be resolved. Yet this debate consumes the vast majority of attention and energy to this topic. Far more interesting, in my opinion, is the often overlooked fact that - as Steve Thomas refers - the investigating officials allowed a false legend regarding the provenance of the photos to remain in the record. (Dallas Police Department and also Secret Service, and likely FBI). Additionally, a cover story regarding the physical presence of the Imperial reflex camera - determined to have taken the photos - was also made part of the official record. The HSCA’s photo panel later perpetuated this problem by failing to account for the photos’ provenance and for the addition of a third pose (133-C), even as they directly interviewed the DPD official who would have known. HSCA photographic panel leader Cecil Kirk also utilized tightly framed lawyerly language to mislead and redirect understandings of Oswald’s cameras and extent of personal photo-making. The consistency of misdirection, omission, and false information from 1963 through the 1970s by the investigating officials points to a specific cover-up which is not based on the “authenticity” of the photos but rather their provenance. That is, the source or method by which they came into the possession of the DPD was too problematic for the developing lone-nut conclusion.
  8. Some clarifications: The HSCA panel did not authoritatively authenticate the BYP - rather, their experts acknowledged that a face paste at the chin could not be ruled out, which is exactly the conclusion the FBI reached back in 1963. So this will always be subject to debate. That said, the panel did have access to the original prints and surviving negative, while the critics have largely worked with generational copies. The photos were “discovered” in the afternoon of Nov 23 in the Paine garage, in a seabag identified as an Oswald possession (not a photo album). However, a backyard photo was seen by both Michael Paine and a reporter the previous evening, and Fritz refers to a BYP in his notes before assigning the officers who soon after made the discovery. The photo said to have been destroyed by Marina and Marguerite Oswald may not have been a BYP but rather a photo of Oswald from the Soviet Union. Investigators unfortunately did not seek to clarify what MO was referring to, whereas witnesses such as Michael Paine specified “the photo published in Life”. Marina Oswald’s story of participating in the creation of the BYP changed numerous times and she was unable to accurately describe the unique operation of the camera. Interrogation notes establish that, immediately before describing her participation in BYP, Marina was informed by government agents of potential punishment including deportation in the absence of her “cooperation”.
  9. Social media users have noticed particular activity which in past have been linked to “color revolution” operations. Example: “Many accounts all created April 2021 with 0 followers/following suddenly spring into action in coordinated fashion during the protest in Cuba” https://twitter.com/EmpireFiles/status/1414371287787479040 In last couple of weeks CIA chief Burns has visited and held high-level meetings in such places as Columbia and Brazil, as the rollback to the so-called “Pink Tide” has sputtered over last year. Visits were followed by assassination in Haiti, unrest in Caracas and Cuba, election dispute continuing in Peru, and ominous statements by President and military in Brazil. Expect much more of same in near future. The “problem” remains: the Left is democratically popular in the region.
  10. There is no "smoking gun" and there never was. From Mate's piece: Kilimnik's account is corroborated by Gates, the ex-Manafort associate and Trump campaign official whose testimony was used by the Mueller team – deceptively, he says – to suggest a connection between the polling data and possible Trump-Russia collusion. The Special Counsel's office "relied heavily on Mr. Gates for evidence" about the polling data, the New York Times noted in February 2019. According to Gates, that reliance entailed significant creative license by Mueller's prosecutors, particularly Weissmann. Gates says he told the Special Counsel's Office that the polling data was not sensitive information, but rather publicly available figures taken from media outlets. "I explained to them, over the course of many interviews, what the polling data was about, and why it was being shared," Gates told RCI. "All that was exchanged was old, topline data from public polls and from some internal polls, but all dated, nothing in real time. So for example, Trump 48, Clinton 46. It was not massive binders full of demographics or deep research. No documents were ever shared or disclosed. And this is part of what Mueller left out of the report. They cherry-picked and built a narrative that really was not true, because they had pre-determined the conclusion."
  11. Aaron Mate provides a more objective POV which supports my position. It was Mueller deputy Weissman who deliberately seeded the "polling data" conspiracy in January 2019. It was obvious at the time this was a ploy to encourage unsupported speculation. https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2021/05/19/accused_russiagate_spy_kilimnik_speaks_-_and_evidence_backs_his_no_collusion_account_777328.html
  12. looks like the link shared by Mr Caddy is no longer functioning - but here is a similar piece written by a travel writer visiting Minsk and reflecting on Oswald's stay in the city https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/05/28/letters-from-minsk-lee-harvey-oswald-comes-in-for-the-cold-war/
  13. Have you actually read the Treasury Department read-out on which this new cycle of “collusion” theorizing is based? I don’t think you have because nowhere outside the imaginations of lazy journalists is any new information developed: https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy0126 Even though it remains the official position of US Gov that Kilimnik was a “Russian intelligence Services agent”, his CV still reveals he worked for US intelligence cut-out NED (via International Republican Institute) for an entire decade, and when in Kiev he was a regular briefer for US State Dept and others connected to US Embassy. Funny how that major scandal and security breach is not discussed. Similarly downplayed is that Manafort Associates - as eventually deposed Ukrainian President Yanukovych’s political advisors - were never “pro-Russian” and in fact strongly advised acceptance of EU association which cut sharply across Russian interests. The Treasury Department document should raise eyebrows as it raises the expression of opinion on current events to a sanctionable and even indictable offence if it cuts across “US narratives”. One entity was sanctioned for expressing opinion that the 2000 US federal election suffered from improprieties - but is that not a commonly understood impression? Efforts to punish or criminalize the expression of opinion, or the formulation of analysis outside official dictat, should be resisted - at least one might think…
  14. There has been a lot of controversy in Britain regarding a Wikipedia “editor” named Phillip Cross - sort of the UK’s version of “Gamaliel”. Former diplomat Craig Murray came upon “Phillip Cross” in 2016: https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2016/03/the-astonishing-case-of-the-doppelganger/ Murray followed up with more info two years later: “Philip Cross” has not had one single day off from editing Wikipedia in almost five years. “He” has edited every single day from 29 August 2013 to 14 May 2018. Including five Christmas Days. That’s 1,721 consecutive days of editing. 133,612 edits to Wikpedia have been made in the name of “Philip Cross” over 14 years. That’s over 30 edits per day, seven days a week.” https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/05/the-philip-cross-affair/ The above information has fuelled speculation that "Phillip Cross" represents a network of persons rather than a single individual, a network nonetheless uniform in style and content: "the purpose of the “Philip Cross” operation is systematically to attack and undermine the reputations of those who are prominent in challenging the dominant corporate and state media narrative, particularly in foreign affairs." The Wikispooks site has more info: https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Philip_Cross
  15. Bob, the Cold War ended in 1991. Even if some apparatchiks in the State Dept and NATO hdq feel compelled to start it all up again, the rest of us don't have to go along. Chill out.
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